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Having already recorded extracts from Der Ring des Nibelungen, Hansjörg Albrecht now turns to some lesser-known Wagner classics and, most notably, the Siegfried-Idyll. The Lemare transcriptions are familiar but the overtures to Wagner’s first two operas, Die Feen and Das Liebesverbot, are new arrangements by Axel Langmann. Although not a true romantic German symphonic instrument, the 2003 Gerald Woehl organ has such character that it really brings the music to life – Das Liebesverbot is particularly entertaining, with some spectacular aural effects. When it comes to Siegfried- Idyll, it is clear that we are hearing a performance from the perspective of a musician used to conducting the work with an orchestra. There is much to enjoy in the technical and musical brilliance of Albrecht’s playing.

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